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Can we install a universal forwarder on a 2016 Windows server with SCCM?

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Is it possible to get a UF installed on a 2016 Windows server with sccm or do we have to use a chef recipe?

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I have done this with SCCM so yes it is very possible.

Splunk Package with:
"This package contains source files". Put said source files on a network location and point the data source to the source folder.
Put the following in this folder:
org_all_deploymentclient (this is a folder)

inside org_all_deploymentclient, put the following structure:


--- local
---- app.conf
---- deploymentclient.conf
---- outputs.conf

inside app.conf:

state = enabled

check_for_updates = false

is_visible = false
is_manageable = false

inside deploymentclient.conf:


# Change the targetUri
targetUri = <fqdn to your deploymentserver>

inside outputs.conf:

server=<fqdn to indexer>:<port>

Once you have this Package created, create a Program:
Name: SplunkUF (name it whatever you want)
command line: install_splunk.bat
Run: hidden
After running: no action required
Program can run: whether or not a user is logged on

inside install_splunk.bat:

msiexec.exe /i "splunkforwarder-<splunkversion>-x64-release.msi" LAUNCHSPLUNK=0 AGREETOLICENSE=Yes INSTALLDIR="%ProgramFiles%\SplunkUniversalForwarder" SERVICESTARTTYPE=auto /quiet
xcopy "org_all_deploymentclient\*.conf" "%ProgramFiles%\SplunkUniversalForwarder\etc\system\" /s /e /i /y
for /F "tokens=3 delims=: " %%H in ('sc query "SplunkForwarder" ^| findstr "        STATE"') do (
  if /I "%%H" NEQ "RUNNING" (
   net start "SplunkForwarder"

the second part of the script which starts the service if it isn't running is useful for upgrades, in case the service doesn't start.

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